Bewitched (1972)

Season 1 Episode 7

The Witches Are Out

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 29, 1964 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Samantha does not like Halloween because of the image that people have of witches: Ugly, mean, and wicked. Samantha tries to get Darrin to see her way when he is working on a candy account. Mr. Brinkman wants to use the traditional witch while Darrin displays a beautiful, more glamorous witch. When Darrin refuses, he is fired from his job. When Samantha hears of this, she gets her witch friends Bertha, Mary and her Aunt Clara to help her get even with Brinkman. Brinkman sees the error of his ways when they zap him into the ugly old witch that he so desperately wants to display. He agrees to use the beautiful witch, thereby saving Darrin's job.moreless

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  • It's Halloween, and Samantha and her fellow witches are not impressed with the traditional way in which their kind are portrayed by mortals at this time of the year.

    With Halloween fast approaching, Darrin has an account with a client named Brinkman (Shelley Berman) who wishes to sell a ton of his Halloween candly using the traditional witch in the pointy hat, with green skin, black teeth and warts as the selling point. While Darrin initially has no problem with this, Samantha and her fellow witches, her Aunt Clara, (Marion Lorne) Bertha, (Reta Shaw) and Mary (Madge Blake) are furious and resolve to change not only Darrin's campaign but also Mr. Brinkman's way of thinking at the same time.

    When Darrin, understanding Samantha's outrage, submits sketches to Brinkman of attractive looking witches, the client and Darrin's boss, Larry Tate, (David White) are both furious and, as Darrin refusesto back down, he is fired from his job. Samantha and her fellow witches intend to see to it that this changes and 'appear' to Mr.Brinkman in his bedroom late at night, much in the style of 'A Christmas Carol', and show him the error of his ways. Naturally, given their powers, Brinkman is completely convinced, particularly after they turn HIM into the stereotypical witch that he so favors, and both the account and Darrin's job are re-instated.moreless
Reta Shaw

Reta Shaw


Guest Star

Madge Blake

Madge Blake


Guest Star

Jacques Roux

Jacques Roux

Foreign Legion Officer

Guest Star

Marion Lorne

Marion Lorne

Aunt Clara

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • While having a heated discussion with about societal prejudice against witches, Darrin argues, "If I were prejudiced, I wouldn't've married you would I?" Samantha replies, "Oh so that's it. You think you did me a big favour. Took the little witch in. Quite a sacrifice. Must make you feel very self-righteous." Neither acknowledges that Darrin did not know Samantha was a witch when he married her and only learned the truth on their wedding night. This matter is later addressed in season two's "What Every Young Man Should Know."

    • One of the very few times a witch's name doesn't end in the letter "a" happens in this episode with the character "Mary."

    • This episode contains several pieces of information about witches that would be contradicted in subsequent seasons.

      1. Samantha says that her mother, Endora, gets so upset over Halloween each year that she flies to the South of France "til it all blows over."

      In a later episode, however, Samantha (and Darrin, by proxy) gets invited to her mother's "annual" Halloween bash.

      2. Bertha makes the comment that, if the mortals ever did find out that they were witches, they'd better take out lots of fire insurance. Samantha comments, "Oh Bertha, they stopped burning us years ago."

      In a subsequent episode, Samantha and Darrin find themselves in old Salem, and Samantha makes a speech about how the people they've put on trial couldn't possibly be witches because no mere ropes or binds could hold one; she then causes her own binds to disappear.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • This is an episode of a few Bewitched. This is the first Halloween episode, the first show to explore stereotypes and prejudices, and Marion Lorne's first appearance as Aunt Clara.


    • Allusion to The Wizard of Oz 1939 film:
      When Brinkman is confronted with a French firing squad as part of Samantha's ploy to convince him that witches are real, he finally breaks and desperately recites, "I do believe in witches. I do. I do. I do believe in witches." His delivery is reminiscent of Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, who recited "I do believe in spooks. I do. I do. I do believe in spooks," out of fear of the sounds in the Haunted Forest.